netbook samba server?

I currently use a Pentium 3, 1 gig processor, 512 MB ram PC as a samba server. The system is working just perfectly for my home. I’ve never had a problem with it.

However, I’m currently thinking about replacing it with something that takes up less space and uses less power. Looking at the new netbooks, I see that although they are underpowered compared to current desktops, they are actually slightly more powerful than the server I am currently running. So here’s the question. Would it be a good idea to use a netbook as a samba file/print server? What would be some of the downsides/upsides?

I’m using a Via C3 mini-itx desktop in my closet as a file/printer/LAMP
server. It’s also my default gateway to the internet. It’s much less
powerful than the newer breeds of netbooks and mini desktops, and it works
just fine (at run-level3).
Check to see if you’ll need more than one network connection on the machine.
I had to use my only available PCI slot for the second one, but many of
these small efficient devices come with two already.

big g 1 wrote:

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> I currently use a Pentium 3, 1 gig processor, 512 MB ram PC as a samba
> server. The system is working just perfectly for my home. I’ve never
> had a problem with it.
>
> However, I’m currently thinking about replacing it with something that
> takes up less space and uses less power. Looking at the new netbooks, I
> see that although they are underpowered compared to current desktops,
> they are actually slightly more powerful than the server I am currently
> running. So here’s the question. Would it be a good idea to use a
> netbook as a samba file/print server? What would be some of the
> downsides/upsides?
>
>